September 9, 2008

Coal Mine Gas Blast Kills One, Traps Four in Southwest China

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

KUNMING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) - A gas explosion at a coal mine in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Tuesday afternoon killed one and left four others trapped underground, a local government spokesman said.

The accident happened at about 4:40 p.m. at the Hengda Coal Mine in Yiliang County of Zhaotong City.

One injured person was rescued and taken to hospital, and rescue efforts were underway for the four trapped people.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1614 9 Sep 08.

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